Ben Martin Saxophonist

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An outstanding saxophonist playing the best of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Reggae and Classic Pop. A sophisticated and elegant musical experience.
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Hiring Ben is a great way to get the sound of a band but with only one musician. He has been acclaimed by Guardian Jazz critic John Fordham as a saxophonist of immaculate taste and lyricism and has been performing all over the world for over 30 years. What Ben brings to your event is a relaxed and sophisticated musical experience, an elegant and mature ambience for the more discerning client. He has vast experience of playing weddings, corporate events, parties, crusies, funerals and more. He even played an event for Sir Paul McCartney who was so impressed he jumped on stage and performed a few songs with him. Ben has played many festivals including North Sea Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, London EFG and world famous jazz clubs such as Ronnie Scott's in Soho and Smalls in New York. Previous clients include Sir Paul McCartney, BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Fairfax & Favor, P&O, National Express, Burghley Horse Trials, The Game Fair, Grosvenor House Hotel. Ben performs jazz on his beautiful 1950s Selmer tenor saxophone and pop on his 1930s Selmer alto saxophone. He uses exceptionally high quality backing tracks played by the cream of British and American musicians and recorded in a world class studio. Using a portable battery powered pa system means he can play just about anywhere and moving between from outdoors to indoors is no problem. Perfect for a ceremony or drinks reception or if space and budget are tight. Ben plays a wide range of music including Classic Jazz from the 1940s, 50s and 60s by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, Rock 'n' Roll, Soul by Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Bill Withers, Reggae and Pop songs from over the years by Adele, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Tom Jones and many many more. Ben is guaranteed to add that something special to your wedding, party or corporate event.

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Ben Martin Saxophonist 's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Emma L
20 days ago
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5 out of 5

We had Ben during our drinks reception for 2 hours and what a performance! Our guests really enjoyed his music and would highly recommend Ben. Great variation in music and good communication before the day.

Reply from Ben Martin Saxophonist
20 days ago

Thank you Emma. It was a pleasure to play for you and your guests. Very glad you chose me. Ben

Sam G
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

We hired Ben to perform for an hour at the evening reception of our wedding. What an amazing performance, Ben was great and all our guests loved him. Great variation of music and would highly recommend. Fab communication before the wedding too.

Reply from Ben Martin Saxophonist
3 months ago

Thanks Sam, that was a lot of fun. Great to get everyone dancing and singing along. Thanks for booking me for your special day. Ben

Mark B
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant evening, all guests commented how much they enjoyed Ben playing

Reply from Ben Martin Saxophonist
4 months ago

Thanks Mark. So glad I could be part of your birthday celebration. It was a lovely evening. Ben

Alys P
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

One of the best parts of my Wedding!! I am so pleased we booked Ben Martin to play Sax at our Wedding. He created the exact feel that I wanted. Ben played during our Evening Reception, after Dinner and before the DJ. I wanted the three sets to start fairly chilled and then get more lively as the night went on. Everyone loved it and could either chill and listen to him play, or get up and dance. Ben was also really great in the lead up. He was communicative, helpful and happy to contact my Venue directly to co-ordinate the day. On the day, he was perfect. We were so happy and immediately wanted to book another Wedding or event so that we can book him again!!! I cannot recommend enough!!

Reply from Ben Martin Saxophonist
4 months ago

Thanks Alys. What a wonderful wedding it was. Thanks so much for booking me. Ben

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From other customers:

Peter J
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in Nottingham
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5 out of 5

I'm a big jazz fan and have seen Ben play many times in and around Nottingham. I really wanted him and his band to play for my birthday at my house but due to lack of space even a duo would have been a bit tight. Ben suggested he could play with backing tracks which I wasn't too sure about at first but he sent me some videos and I was amazed at how good it sounded. It really made the party a bit different. Definitely reccomended. Pete

Angie (
7 years ago

Ben's band were already playing for our evening do so we had him play for the drinks reception and through dinner. It was much nicer than just having ipod music

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Ben Martin Saxophonist 's Song list

This list is always being updated. First section is classic jazz, please scroll down for pop/rock etc
Jazz Ballads. Probably the most beautiful songs ever written. Everyone's has done them but these are my favourites.
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
Cry Me A River - Julie London
Misty - Erroll Garner
Stormy Weather - Etta James
Everything Happens To Me - Chet Baker
Early Autumn - Stan Getz
Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday
Body & Soul - Coleman Hawkins
Darn That Dream - Dexter Gordon
Nancy (With The laughing Face) - John Coltrane
Fools Rush In - Frank Sinatra
How Long Has This Been Going On - George Gershwin
I Can't Get Started - Ella Fitzgerald
I Cover The Waterfront - Billie Holiday
I Thought About You - Chet Baker
I'm A Fool To Want You - Frank Sinatra
Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) - Duke Ellington
Lush Life - Billy Strayhorn
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
My One And Only Love - Johnny Hartman
My Ship - Ella Fitzgerald
Old Folks - Miles Davis
Our Love Is Here To Stay - Gene Kelly
Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk
September In The Rain - Frank Sinatra
Skylark - Mel Torme
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Dinah Washington
Someday My Prince Will Come - Miles Davis
Someone To Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald
Stars Fell On Alabama - Frank Sinatra
That's All - Nat King Cole
The Man I Love - Billie Holiday
Try A Little Tenderness - Ray Charles
You Go To My Head - Diana Krall
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington
Loverman - Billie Holiday
Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington
Moonglow - Nat King Cole
Nearness Of You - Frank Sinatra
Stella By Starlight - Miles Davis
You Don't Know What love Is - Chet Baker
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Popular jazz. The hits!
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick JR
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
Moondance - Van Morrison
Summertime - George Gershwin
The Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing - Duke Ellington
Blue Moon - Rodger’s & Hart
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Fever - Peggy Lee
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
A Foggy Day - Ella Fitzgerald
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin
I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Lady Is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
Night & Day - Frank Sinatra
So What - Miles Davis
Stormy Weather - Etta James
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Moon River - Frank Sinatra
Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong
Dream A Little Dream - Ella Fitzgerald
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
At Last - Etta James
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Sway - Michael Bublé
Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody - Louis Prima
(Take The) A Train - Duke Ellington
What A Difference A Day Made - Dinah Washington
Bossa Nova/Latin - Brazil and beyond
Corcovado - Jobim
Desafinado - Stan Getz
Triste - Jobim
Chega De Saudade - Jobim
Mambo Inn
So Danca Samba - Jobim
Wave - Jobim
Watch What Happens - Jobim
Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes
St Thomas - Sonny Rollins
Once I Loved - Joe Henderson
One Note Samba _ Jobim
Manha de Carnaval - Luis Bonfa
Meditation - Jobim
Summer Samba - Marcus Valle
Be-Bop - 50s 60s Jazz
Donna Lee - Charlie Parker
A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie
Confirmation - Dexter Gordon
Doxy - Sonny Rollins
Four On Six - Wes Montgomery
Jitterbug Waltz - Eric Dolphy
Joy Spring - Clifford Brown
Moose The Mooche - Charlie Parker
My Little Suede Shoes - Charlie Parker
One 'O Clock Jump - Count Basie
Poinciana - Ahmad Jamal
Road Song - Wes Montgomery
Sandu - Clifford Brown
Scrapple From The Apple - Charlie Parker
Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Canteloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Yardbird Suite - Charlie Parker
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball Adderley
Chilled Acoustic Pop
Baby Can I Hold You Tonight? - Tracey Chapman
Woman In Love - Barbara Streisand
Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Best That You Can Do (theme from Arthur) - Christopher Cross
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Waterfalls - TLC
Dancing Queen - Abba
Stuck On You - Lionel Ritchie
Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Proud Mary - Creedance Clearwater Revival
Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
Easy (Like Sunday Morning) - The Commodores
Lady In Red - Chris de Burgh
Smooth Operator - Sade
Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
Stand By Me - Ben E King
True - Spandau Ballet
(What A) Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Careless Whisper - George Michael
True Colours - Cyndi Lauper
You’re Still The One - Shania Twain
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
When I Need You - Leo Sayer
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
Back For Good - Take That
You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Get Here - Oleta Adams
Eternal Flame - The Bangles
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
How Deep Is Your Love? - The Bee Gees
Close To You - Carpenters
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys
Smooth Soul & Jazz
Isn’t She Lovely? - Stevie Wonder
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
Mr. Magic - Grover Washington Jr
Street Life - Randy Crawford
As - Stevie Wonder
You’ll Never Find - Lou Rawls
What’s Going On? - Marvin Gaye
Use Me - Bill Withers
Sweet Love - Anita Baker
I Can’t Go For That - Hall & Oates
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Smooth Operator - Sade
Sweetest Taboo - Sade
Your Love Is King - Sade
Forget me Nots - Patrice Rushen
Golden Lady - Stevie Wonder
Stuck On You - Lionel Richie
All I Do - Stevie Wonder
Lately - Stevie Wonder
Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
The Look Of Love - Dionne Warwick
Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Lean On Me - Bill Withers
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers
Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore
Midnight At The Oasis - Brand New Heavies
There’s Nothing Like This - Omar
Feel Like making’ Love - D’Angelo
Mercy Mercy Mercy - Joe Zawinul
(What A) Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
Free - Denise Williams
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
It Must Be Love - Madness
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Don’t You Worry ’Bout A Thing - Stevie Wonder
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Midnight At The Oasis - Brand New Heavies
Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
The Wanderer - Dion
Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
Hotel California - The Eagles
Give A little Bit - Supertramp
It’s Too Late - Carol King
Bad Moon Rising - Creedance Clearwater Revival
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Clocks - Coldplay
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Party Time
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
I Feel Good - James Brown
It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Happy - Pharrell
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
Kiss - Prince
Crazy In Love - Beyoncé
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Sing It Back - Moloko
September - Earth Wind & Fire
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Lady Marmalade - Patti LaBelle
If This Ain’t Love - Groovejet
Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Dancing Queen - Abba
Does Your Mother Know - Abba
S.O.S. - Abba
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Shake Rattle & Roll - Bill Hailey
I Just Wanna Make Love To You - Etta James
Calm Down - Rema
Come Together - The Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Twist & Shout - The Beatles
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
Ain’t No Stopping’ Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
Thinking’ Of You - Sister Sledge
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
December 63 - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Don’t Stop Me Know - Queen
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
One Step Beyond - Madness
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Working’ Day & Night - Michael Jackson
Y.M.C.A. - Village People
Stand By Me - Ben E King
You Can Keep Your Hat On - Joe Cocker
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Oye Como Va - Carlos Santana
Black Magic Woman - Carlos Santana
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
80s Bangers
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
I Found Love - The Fatback Band
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan
Somebody Else’s Guy - Jocelyn Brown
Poison Arrow - ABC
Take On Me - Aha
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Teardrops - Womack & Womack
Don’t You Want Me Baby - Human League
Every Breath You Take - The Police
I Want To Break Free - Queen
Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
Maneater - Hall & Oates
Message In A Bottle - The Police
Poison Arrow - ABC
Roxanne - The Police
The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
Thorn In My Side - Eurythmics
Soul Train
Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Heatwave - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
My Girl - Smokey Robinson
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
I Got A Woman -Ray Charles
Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Mercy - Duffy
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
Knock On Wood - Wilson Pickett
Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
Nowhere To Run - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Stop In The Name Of Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes
You Can’t Hurry love - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson
Pop/Rock Ballads
Easy Like Sunday Morning - Lionel Richie
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
How Deep Is Your Love? - Bee Gees
All Of Me - John Legend
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
Your Song - Elton John
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
Stuck On You - Lionel Richie
(They Long To Be) Close To You - Carpenters
The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield
What The World Needs Now - Dionne Warwick
Songbird - Kenny G
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
I Swear - All 4 One
True - Spandau Ballet
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Piece Of My Heart - Erma Franklin
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Endless Love - Lionel Richie
We Are Sailing - Rod Stewart
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Get Here - Oleta Adams
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
All my Life - KC & JoJo
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
Lately - Stevie Wonder
Songbird - Kenny G
The Impossible Dream from Don Quixote
Bring Him Home - Josh Groban
Time To Say Goodbye - Andrea Boticelli
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
On And On - Erykah Badu
Brown Sugar - D’Angelo
Feel Like Makin’ Love - D’Angelo
Mary Jane (All Night Long) - Mary J Blige
No Diggity - Blackstreet
Right Here/Human Nature - SWV
If You Love Me - Brownstone
Uptown Top Rankin’ - Althea & Donna
Kingston Town - UB40
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Everything I Own - Ken Boothe
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Is This Love - Bob Marley
A Message To You Rudy - The Specials
Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley
Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley
Jammin’ - Bob Marley
One Love - Bob Marley
Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley
Stir It Up - Bob Marley
You Don’t Love Me - Dawn Penn
Wedding Ceremony Ideas
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Get Here - Oleta Adams
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Ben Martin Saxophonist 's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£425
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
One 120 minute performance of jazz and pop background music during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

There is nothing that comes close to the sound of the human voice like the tenor saxophone. Nearly everyone says to me that it's their favourite instrument. So they get beautiful songs played on a gorgeous instrument.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hundreds of wedding venues, tepees, hotels, conference centres. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, North Sea Jazz Festival, Barbican, Nottingham Concert Hall, Birmingham NEC.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Paul McCartney's Christmas party. He even sang a few songs.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

It's not a problem as long as it's not wildly different. I can be quite flexible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?


Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Absolutely as long as you give good notice

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. Up to three
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